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Best Dog Walkers in La Mesa, CA

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La Mesa, CA
$10 off first booking! Rating

Why choose this provider?

Rover offers doggy daycare services for pet owners throughout the local area. Its network includes thousands of pet sitters that are available to care for dogs while their owners work or travel. The service connects sitters with clients online or through its app. Customers can meet with sitters prior to booking, and services are available for a range of dogs, including high-energy puppies and dogs with special needs.

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La Mesa, CA Rating

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Need help contacting a Dog Walker in La Mesa? Call our Concierge team at 848-Book-Pro (848-266-5776 from 6 am - 4 pm PT | Mon - Fri). They are standing by to help you get the service you need.

Lemon Grove, CA 91945 Rating

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5.0 (10)

Why choose this provider?

Barbara’s Pet Care specializes in drop-in vacation services for clients in the Lemon Grove, CA, and the surrounding San Diego County area. Owner Barbara was a purchasing agent for over two decades before she decided to open her own pet care business in pursue of her passion and love for animals. Barbara also offers dog walking or mid-day visits while clients are at work. She can also check on household chores such as rotating lights, watering plants, and collecting mail. Barbara’s Pet Care is insured, bonded, city licensed, and a member of Pet Sitters International. Clients speak highly of their reliable and trustworthy service, professionalism, and competitive prices.

San Diego, CA 22434 Rating

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4.5 (35)
5.0 (11)

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Pridey Petcare offers dog walking and pet sitting services for residents in the San Diego, CA metro area. Owner Christine Carol has worked on a ranch, caring for over 100 horses, along with cows chickens, and much more. She has also worked as a Veterinary and Kennel Assistant. Her love and dedication for the welfare of animals have been a huge part of her life. Christine and her staff are committed to helping owners worry about one less thing while at work by providing daily midday walks, which give dog clients the mental and physical stimulation needed. Clients speak highly of their friendly staff, flexible scheduling, and open communication.

San Diego, CA 92103 Rating

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5.0 (38)

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Paw Prints is a San Diego-based pet sitting and dog walking service for clients in the area since 1991. Experienced pet sitters offer an all-inclusive package where each home visit includes feeding, fresh water, brushing, playtime, walks for dogs, litter box cleaning, administering medication, and yard clean up for dog waste. Experienced sitters and walkers are focused on providing reliable, loving, and personalized care. Walks and puppy checks are approximately 20 minutes. Paw Prints is A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau. They were also ranked in the top five best pet sitting businesses by Channel 10, and named Best Pet Sitting Business by the SD Reader.

San Diego, CA 92107 Rating

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5.0 (7)

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Fenway’s Runaway is a dog walking, pet sitting, and pet photographer for residents in the San Diego, CA metro area. Owner Caroline Cowen is a lifelong dog and cat owner and has over a decade of experience working as a photographer. She is committed to providing each pet with personal attention, which encourages a strong bond with Caroline and a pet client. Fenway's Runaway is named after her labrador, Fenway. A variety of services are available including overnight dog sitting, dog daycare, and much more. She is highly reviewed on Facebook where clients speak of her creative photography, friendly staff, and professionalism.

Compare our Top Dog Walkers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
La Mesa, CA$10 off first booking!
Barbara’s Pet Care
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Pridey Petcare
San Diego, CA 22434
Paw Prints
San Diego, CA 92103
Fenway’s Runaway
San Diego, CA 92107


  • Introduction

    Many people have turned to dog walking as a regular household service. Dog walking can give your pet some exercise while you’re away at work or just take this chore off your hands when you’re having a busy day. Additionally, some people simply need dog walking help if they’ve sustained an injury or have health-related issues.

    Regardless of why you’re hiring a dog walker, it’s a hugely positive act for your pet. They get exercise, company, and an extra set of eyes on them.

  • How often should you walk your dog?

    The general rule is to walk your dog at least three to four times a day, with each walk being at least 15 minutes long. However, this can significantly vary depending on the dog breed, the dog's age, and the dog's energy levels. For example, some breeds that require a lot of exercise are Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, and boxers.

  • How long should I walk my dog?

    In total, most vets recommend a dog receives between 30 minutes to two hours of exercise a day. The variation depends on your dog’s energy levels. So, if you're hiring a dog walker for a one-hour morning walk, you can choose to do the other 30 minutes to an hour yourself in the evening.

  • How do you walk a dog?

    Usually, it’s safest to walk your dog on a leash so you can prevent them from wandering away. Dog walkers can help your dog learn how to walk well, as they are experts in dog walking. In general, dogs should walk close to their owners (or dog walker) and stay on the left side.

  • How do you train a dog to walk on a leash?

    Many dogs don’t adapt to leash walking right away. They may lunge, pull, or even stop walking. You can ask your dog walker to help train your dog to walk on a leash better. For example, when dogs pull on a leash, the correct reaction is to stop walking. Eventually, this teaches them that pulling won’t be tolerated.

  • How do I stop my dog barking when out walking?

    It doesn't feel great when your dog barks at other dogs. Luckily, you can train this behavior out of them. The experts recommend you teach your dog to heel. This way, when other dogs pass by, you can get your dog to heel and reward them for their good behavior. You can ask your dog walker to practice this on their walks.

  • Why do dogs like walks?

    Walking your dog has two benefits: it's physical exercise for them and it's mentally stimulating. Dogs are genetically a very active species that likes to be outdoors, so they enjoy getting outside a couple of times a day. Additionally, the smells and sights on their walk stimulate their brain. The human equivalent of a dog’s walk is like reading a good book.